A good-natured refrain or snarled taunt
“put your money where your mouth is”
Dental appointments are just that
putting your mouth where the money is.
I found them by accident – toothache
an urgent need for a dentist
I asked around for a recommendation
word of mouth I guess.
They were professional and private couple
he the surgeon, she the chair side assistant
a warm almost comic duo
who made dental visits fun
treatment painless and cost anaesthetised.
Competent no doubt
judgement trusted without question
a cheerful hard-working professional
able to solve that elusive quadratic – speed and quality
Formula One pace. A jeweller’s precision.
particles of tissue swim north
confused missiles hone on an unsuspecting target.
Embolism. Oxygen deprivation. Stroke.
He was off work a long time
his peers judged him competent to return
where fingers once waltzed, they shuffled
machine-gun wit slowed to small bore volley
sometimes jamming with word loss.
Awkward loyalty made abandonment difficult
it seemed too harsh – callous.
nothing left to be filled.
Annual visit only – if luck holds
x-rays plus scrape plus payment.
“See you in a year,” his cheerful signing off
“look forward to it,” the reflexive reply.
I kept hoping he would retire
that there wouldn’t be a next time.